Yussef Kamaal – Black Focus

There’s probably no need to tell anybody about Yussef Kamaal anymore, the hype machine has been running for weeks. I don’t care too much about a hype anymore, there’s been to much of that in my life and oftentimes it ended in nothing but disappointment. Hype has sort of become a standard tool in our already oversaturated tool. The good news is, that Yussef Kamaal’s debut is impeccable. The pair concisting of United Vibrations drummer Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams aka Henry Wu manages to attract the heads as well as the new generation of jazz listeners, and they do so with the versatility and their ability to groove. Both qualities that have been lacking on other fore-runners of this new jazz revival, say Kamasi Washington’s much hyped album.

Listening to “Strings of Light” and “Yo Chavez” has been enough for me to click on that shiny buy button, but with every listen there’s a new tune that grows on me, that I didn’t seem to pay attention to at all. My favourite album this week and available through Brownswood.

Mala – Noches Sueños (Mala & Simbad Super Dub Mix)

I remember my excitement after last year’s Mala in Cuba album was first announced. It seemed like a good thing to do and the upfront 12-inch didn’t disappoint. Once the record was finally out, it took only one listen and my enthusiasm was gone. It sounded good on paper, but the record was a huge let down.

Anyway, there’s a new 10-inch on the way with a VIP mix of one of the tracks and it sounds like Mala is trying to make up with me. Supported by Simbad, it sounds less like an artificial amalgamation, but has a more natural feel to it. Available for pre-order at Surus.

Mala in Cuba

If you watched the documentaries on the making of the Mala in Cuba album, you probably can’t wait to pick it up from your store when it drops on September 10th. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait that long to listen to it, as Mala decided to put the entire album up for streaming (listen above!) Quickness is asked if you’re interested in the vinyl box-set, as Gilles Peterson reports it’s almost sold out. I’m not sure if there will be a another vinyl edition, but it doesn’t look like it. Of course there’s no need to worry if you’re going for CD or digital purchase!

(via Twitter)

FACT TV: Mala in Cuba

Compared to the previous two or three years, 2012 didn’t have that many albums I fell in love with – and I’m not saying there haven’t been any good albums this year. But I have a feeling the forthcoming Mala in Cuba album will end up in a lot of top fives by the end of the year.

So, FACT Magazine caught up with Mala and Gilles Peterson to talk about the production process of the album. It won’t be out before September, but it will be preceded by a 12-inch with the tracks Cuba Electronic and Calle F. Oh, how I can’t wait to hold it in my hands!

July 27, 2012 The 12-inch EP is now available for order

August 4, 2012 Cuba Electronic now has an official music video

August 29, 2012 You can now pre-order a limited vinyl-boxset of the album. Also, Lefto has confirmed that the tracks from the preceding 12-inch won’t be on the (vinyl) album.

Gang Colours – Fancy Restaurant (MachineDrum Remix)

This coming February will see two releases by Gang Colours on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label. First up is the single Fancy Restaurant with remixes by Ifan Dafydd, Deft and MachineDrum – listen to the latter below.

It will be out on 12-inch and digital on February 20, 2012. One week later on the 27th, it will be followed by the Gang Colours debut album “The Keychain Collection.”

emanative & Ahmed Abdullah – Lions of Judah (Four Tet Re-Edit)

Many will associate Lions of Judah with Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide, as it opened the show week after week for a period of time. So it’s maybe no surprise his own Brownswood imprint releases a new version as tribute to Steve Reid, the American drummer who passed away last year.


The new version was recorded by emanative and comes with a Four Tet re-edit on the flip. As you might know, Kieran Hebden had a special relationship with Steve Reid himself, the two recorded several albums together between 2006 and 2008, a live recording was released only recently.

Lions of Judah will be out on 12-inch on December 12th and you can pre-order your copy starting today. The release will be accompanied by a charity event in London two days after, keep your eyes open for details.

January 3, 2012 As mentioned on Twitter yesterday, the liner notes for the release are now online

Ghostpoet – Cash & Carry Me Home

In two weeks time, the debut album by Ghostpoet will be released on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings. Earlier this week, the label released one last teaser: the single Cash & Carry Me Home with remixes from Alex Patchwork and Gang Colours.

If you like it, you can download Alex’s remix for free, the Gang Colour version is available for streaming.

For more previews of the album, make sure to watch this video on YouTube. Titled Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, it will be out on February 7th, 2011.

Gang Colours – No Clear Reason

The latest addition to the Brownswood label is English producer Gang Colours, who you might have heard on the Brownswood Bubblers 6 compilation. If you haven’t, you can listen to the track below.

Think it’s a keeper, then go ahead and download the track for free. Next up for Gang Colours is a remix for Ghost Poet, which will be out on 12-inch later this month.

Worldwide Family Vol. 1

Worldwide Family Vol. 1

Cover Artwork

The people at Brownswood never sleep, so just as their last compilation went on sale, they already planned another. Though this one is a bit different from their Bubblers series.

For the new Worldwide Familiy series, Gilles Peterson hands over the duty of compiling to trusted friends of his label. In the case of the first installments, the befriended selectors are Belgian discjockey Lefto and London based Frenchman Simbad.

So let’s take a look at the tracklist and listen to some teasers from each selector’s CD:

CD01 // Lefto
01 UpHigh Collective feat. Delvis – Blend (Revised)
02 Damage Is Done – Meeting Point
03 Exile – Rake
04 Dela & The Headless Hunters – London Town
05 grooveman Spot – Take Back
06 Brassroots – Good Life
07 74 Miles Away feat. AHU & Miles Bonny – Same Dream Again
08 I.N.T. – Raw Funk
09 Karlmarx – Mists
10 Onra – The Perfect Match
11 TOKiMONSTA – Park Walks
12 Trilogy – Automata

CD02 // Simbad
01 Airhead – Stilt Beetle
02 Illum Sphere – One For Dimlite
03 Steve Lynx & Hellrazor – I Don’t Think So
04 Andreas Saag – Nobody Here
05 Greymatter & Klic – Thinking About You
06 Harrison Blakoldman – Full Speed!!!
07 Afrikan Sciences & Kebbi – 5 Spot
08 Ave Blast & Cosmos Rodriguez – Glow In The Dark
09 Kemeticjust feat. Terrance Downs – I Got Life (Justin’s G-Tech Mix)
10 Cooly G – Gritting
11 Zed Bias & Eddy Ramich – Lost Elevator
12 Seiji – The King
13 Kalbata – Silver Balls
14 KU BO – Twist Up
15 Chuck Maurice & Simbad – Summer Badness

Worldwide Family Vol. 1 will be out on CD and digital on January 3rd, 2011. Keep your eyes open for that on the Brownswood Store or your favourite record dealer.

Ghostpoet – Liiines (Demo Version)

If you got your hands on Brownswood Bubblers 6, you already call this track by London’s Ghostpoet your own. Everybody else take a listen and with it a glimpse at his forthcoming album.

You can download the track for free, if you want to. And watch Brownswood for news on the album, it’s supposed to drop in February 2011.

Soil & “PIMP” Sessions – Pop Korn (Doc Daneeka Remix)

Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label is readying a new release by Japanese death jazz outfit Soil & “PIMP” Session, presumably a 12-inch with remixes.

No further details yet, but you can already listen to the Doc Daneeka‘s remix above. The original version of Pop Korn was previosuly available on 10-inch and the band’s sixth studio album.

More info on this release to follow soon!

José James – The Greater Good

The original is taken from José’s second album Blackmagic, here comes a version of “The Greater Good” produced by French beat honcho Fulgeance. Probably, no hopefully, coming out on Brownswood Recordings soon, make sure you leave some feedback.

In other news, José James and Belgian jazz pianist Jef Neve are currently preparing a new album on Verve Records. Titled “For All We Know”, it will be out on May 11, 2010.

José James – Warrior (Jus Wan Remix)

The Warrior Remixes from José James have been pushed back for three weeks to April 12, 2010. Following the remix from Sbtrkt, the other two mixes have now been added to the Brownswood page on SoundCloud, including this from Jus Wan.

Jus Wan is San Franciso based Justin Shields, a producer of deep dubstep sounds, whose previous releases include an amazing 12-inch on the Apple Pips label. You can check him out on SoundCloud or MySpace.

Apr 11, 2010 The 12-inch is out now, get your copy from Rush Hour or Juno

José James – Warrior (Sbtrkt Remix)

Here is another tune from one of my favourite new producers in 2009, London’s Sbtrkt. This time he puts hands on “Warrior”, the next single from José James which will be out on March 22, 2010.

Sounds a lot like Benga’s Emotions you might say – and I agree. Further remixes of “Warrior” are coming from San Francisco’s Jus Wan and drum & bass producer Rockwell.

Apr 11, 2010 The 12-inch is out now, get your copy from Rush Hour or Juno

José James – Code

As reported, the new José James album is finally in stores. His label Brownswood has uploaded a new video for the Flying Lotus produced “Code”.

The video was directed by Mike Vargas and Moni Pineda of Friends We Love.